Monday, August 11, 2008

T. Boone Pickens Update

T. Boone was on McNeil/Lehrer tonight, and provided an additional kernel of his energy plan. You will recall that he plans replacing natural gas's place in producing America's electricity (about 23-26%) with wind power over a period of 10 years. He would apply the natural gas to powering transportation, since we already have the technology to do that.

One objection to applying natural gas to transportation is that there is no national network of "natural gas stations", and it would be too costly to build one. T. Boone answered that objection tonight by saying, essentially, that we should convert only the trucking industry to natural gas. That seems to make some sense, and would require fewer stations.

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